Date: 26 October 2016 from 12:30 to 13:30 hours
Venue: RISH – Research Building No. 1 (HW 525)
Dr.Chin-Cheng Yang (Senior Lecturer, RISH Kyoto University)
Biological invasions of ant species are regarded as an emerging threat to ecosystem sustainability as they can negatively affect ecosystems in a variety of ways including displacement of native species, reduction of agricultural productivity and alteration of ecosystem processes, etc. To mitigate the impacts of invasive ants, a wide variety of control strategies therefore have been developed and applied to reduce the population of invasive ants. Despite diverse strategies available, low-toxicity bait is arguably among the most efficient method. Nevertheless, recent findings of my lab highlight some challenges to the current ant-baiting management scheme, and all of which are reported for the first time in the relevant fields. In this seminar session some case studies regarding the ecosystem impacts of invasive ants will be addressed first, followed by a short overview of rationale of ant bait and discussion of some management implications in response to such challenges. How the study of this kind fits in humanosphere science also will be elaborated as concluding remark of this seminar. For further details, visit the website.